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The Relationship between Mariology and Ecclesiology in the Theological Thinking of John Paul II

Ngah Andrew Kushu-Solii

This work treats of the Phenomenology of Mary and the Church as persons of faith in relation to the Wojtilian phenomenology of the human being as an acting person. According to John Paul II, Mary is an ideal person in/for the Church, and the Church, as a personal communion, has Her as a mirror and concrete evidence of the Church’s call, being and mission. As far as the vocation of the Church is concerned, it will always be far from complete if it is studied, proclaimed or believed in without placing Mary as part of the unavoidable persons and personality in its unfolding. Mary and the Church are related in the mystery of the Church as personal subjects of faith. They owe their being and vocation to the Trinity and have a direct connection with Judaism. Christ is the centre of this relationship and this goes on to highlight ecumenism and also the place of the laity and women in the life of the Church.

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AA Apostolorum actuositatem AAS Acta Apostolicae Sedis AG Ad gentes APC Ad Petri Cathedram CA Centesimus Annus CCC Catechism of the Catholic Church CCEO Codex Canonun Ecclesiarum Orientalium CCL Corpus Christianorum, Series Latina CD Christus Dominus CELAM Council of Latin American Episcopacies CL Christifideles laici CSEL Corpus scriptorum ecclesiaticorum Latinorum CTH Crossing the threshold of Hope D&V Dominum et Vivificantem DCE Deus Caritas Est. DH Denzinger Hunermann. DOLICEL Document of the Liturgy 1963-1979: Conciliar, papal, and curial texts. DP Pontifical council for interreligious Dialogue and the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, Dialogue and Proclamation. DS H. Denzinger and A. Schönmetzer, eds., Enchiridion symbolorum, definitionum et declarationum de rebus fidei et morum, 36th edition (1976). DV Dei Verbum EA Ecclesia in Africa EE Ecclesia de Eucharistia ELA Evangelisation in Latin America’s Present and Future EN Evangelii nunciandi EV Evangelium Vitae FC Familiaris consortio FR Fides et ratio GS Gaudium et spes JBL Journal of Biblical Literature JPII John Paul II JW 1971 Synod of Bishops, Justice in the World’. LG Lumen Gentium LR JPII, Love and Responsibility. 14 LTK Lexikon für Theologie und Kirche, 3rd Edition. MD Mulieris dignitatem MF Myterium Fidei MM Mater et magistra MND Mane nobiscum Domine NA Nostra aetate OE Orientalium ecclesiarum OT Optatam totius PDV Pastores dabo vobis PG Migne, Patrologia Graeca PL Migne, Patrologia Latina PO Presbyterorum ordinis PO Patrologia orientalis (Paris, 1903 ) PP Populorum progressio PT Pacem in terris QA Quadragesimo anno RC Redemptoris Castos RD Redemptionis Donum R&P...

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